World Lacrosse

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World Lacrosse
World Lacrosse logo.png
Founded2008; 15 years ago (2008)
HeadquartersColorado Springs, Colorado,
United States
PresidentSue Redfern[1]
CEOJim Scherr
Vice president(s)Steve Stenersen
(founded)IFWLA (1972)
ILF (1974)
Official website

World Lacrosse (WL), formerly the Federation of International Lacrosse, is the international governing body of lacrosse, responsible for the men's, women's, and indoor versions of the sport. It was established in 2008 by the merger of the previously separate men's and women's international lacrosse associations.[2] Its headquarters are in Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States.[3]

World Lacrosse has 77 members.[4] It is the only international sport organization to recognize First Nations bands and Native American tribes as sovereign nations. The Iroquois Nationals (men) and the Haudenosaunee Nationals (women) of the First Nations Lacrosse Association represent the Haudenosaunee people of New York and Ontario.

World Lacrosse was given provisional recognition status by the International Olympic Committee in November 2018.[5] In May 2019, the Federation of International Lacrosse launched a rebrand and changed its name to World Lacrosse.[6]

In March 2022, due to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, Russian teams, athletes, and officials were suspended from participation in World Lacrosse events and qualifiers, and it was decided that no World Lacrosse or European Lacrosse Federation events would be held in Russia.[7]


World Lacrosse organizes the World Lacrosse Championship, the Women's Lacrosse World Cup, the Under-19 World Lacrosse Championships for both men and women, and the World Indoor Lacrosse Championship.


Country Member Name
 Argentina Argentina Lacrosse Association
 Australia Australian Lacrosse Association
 Austria Austrian Lacrosse Association
 Barbados Barbados Lacrosse
 Belgium Belgian Lacrosse Federation
 Bermuda Bermuda Lacrosse Association
 Bulgaria Bulgarian Lacrosse Federation
 Cambodia Cambodian Lacrosse Association
 Canada Canadian Lacrosse Association
 Chile Chile Lacrosse
 China China Lacrosse Association
 Colombia Colombia Lacrosse
 Costa Rica Costa Rica Lacrosse Sporting Federation
 Croatia Croatian Lacrosse Association
 Czech Republic Czech Lacrosse Union
 Denmark Danish Lacrosse Federation
 Dominican Republic Dominican Republic Lacrosse
 Ecuador Ecuadorian Lacrosse Association
 England England Lacrosse
 Estonia Estonia Lacrosse
 Finland Finnish Lacrosse Association
 France French Lacrosse Association
 Germany German Lacrosse Association
 Ghana Ghana Lacrosse
 Greece Greece Lacrosse
 Guatemala Lacrosse Guatemala
 Haiti Haitian Federation of Lacrosse
Iroquois Haudenosaunee First Nations Lacrosse Association
 Hong Kong Hong Kong Lacrosse Association
 Hungary Hungary Lacrosse
 India Indian Lacrosse Association
 Indonesia Indonesian Lacrosse Association
 Iran Iran Lacrosse
 Ireland Ireland Lacrosse
 Israel Israel Lacrosse
 Italy Italian Lacrosse Federation
 Jamaica Jamaica Lacrosse Association
 Japan Japan Lacrosse Association
 Kenya Kenya Lacrosse Association
 Latvia Latvia Lacrosse Federation
 Lithuania Lithuania Lacrosse
 Luxembourg Luxembourg Lacrosse Federation
 Malaysia Malaysia Lacrosse Association
 Mexico Mexican Lacrosse Federation
 Netherlands Dutch Lacrosse Association
 New Zealand New Zealand Amateur Lacrosse Union
 Nicaragua Nicaraguan Lacrosse Association
 Nigeria Nigerian Lacrosse Association
 Norway Norwegian Federation of American Sports
 Panama Panama Lacrosse
 Peru Peruvian Lacrosse Association
 Philippines Philippines Lacrosse Association
 Poland Polish Lacrosse Federation
 Portugal Portuguese Lacrosse Association
 Puerto Rico Puerto Rico Lacrosse
 Qatar Qatar Lacrosse Association
 Russia Russia Lacrosse
 Rwanda Rwandan Lacrosse Association
 Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabian Lacrosse Association
 Scotland Lacrosse Scotland
 Serbia Serbian Lacrosse Federation
 Singapore Lacrosse Association of Singapore
 Slovakia Slovak Lacrosse Federation
 Slovenia Slovenia Lacrosse
 South Africa South African Lacrosse Association
 South Korea Korea Lacrosse Association
 Spain Spanish Lacrosse Association
 Sweden Sweden Lacrosse
 Switzerland Swiss Lacrosse Federation
 Chinese Taipei Chinese Taipei Lacrosse Association
 Thailand Thailand Lacrosse Association
 Turkey Turkish Lacrosse Association
 Uganda Uganda Lacrosse
 Ukraine Ukrainian Lacrosse Association
 United States USA Lacrosse
 Uruguay Uruguay Lacrosse
 United States Virgin Islands U.S. Virgin Islands Lacrosse Association
 Vietnam Vietnamese Lacrosse Association
 Wales Welsh Lacrosse Association

Continental Federations[edit]



Lifetime Achievement Award
Name Country Year
Laurie Turnbull Australia 1974
Jack Wilkinson England 1978
Buzzy Budnitz USA 1982
Marshall Spence Canada 1986
Margaret Boyd England 1989
Jane Vache USA 1989
Clive Carr Australia 1990
Elizabeth Blaydes England 1993
Jackie Pitts USA 1993
Stan Smith England 1994
Lanetta Ware USA 2001
Tom Hayes USA 2002
Peter Hobbs Australia 2008
Feffie Barnhill USA 2009
Fiona Clark Australia 2009
Susie Ganzenmuller USA 2009
Marge Garinger USA 2009
Sue Redfern England 2009
Stan Cockerton Canada 2017
Shelley Maher Australia 2017

Predecessor organizations[edit]

International Lacrosse Federation[edit]

The International Lacrosse Federation (ILF) was founded in 1974 to promote and develop men's lacrosse throughout the world. Before 2008, the international governing bodies for men's and women's lacrosse were separate, which was one of the obstacles of lacrosse one day becoming an Olympic sport.[citation needed] In August 2008 in Lahti, Finland, the ILF and the International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Associations merged to become the Federation of International Lacrosse.

ILF Founders: Thomas Hayes (USA) Don Hobbs (Australia) Laurie Turnbull (Australia) Nigel Wade (England)

The ILF conducted the World Lacrosse Championship, World Indoor Lacrosse Championship and the men’s Under-19 World Lacrosse Championships, all of which were taken over by the FIL.


The International Federation of Women's Lacrosse Associations (IFWLA) was formed in 1972 to promote and develop women's lacrosse throughout the world. It wound up its affairs in August 2008 when it agreed to merge with the ILF to form the Federation of International Lacrosse.

Promoting all levels of lacrosse included IFWLA sponsorship of the Women's Lacrosse World Cup and the Women’s Under-19 World Lacrosse Championships, tournaments taken over by the FIL.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nelson, Adam (14 August 2019). "Sue Redfern re-elected as World Lacrosse president". SportBusiness. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  2. ^ Weaver, John (4 September 2008). "Men's and women's international lacrosse groups merge". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 11 November 2017.
  3. ^ "World Lacrosse". World Lacrosse. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  4. ^ a b "World Lacrosse Member Nations". World Lacrosse. Retrieved 1 June 2022.
  5. ^ Logue, Brian (30 November 2018). "Welcome to the World: IOC Recognizes FIL". US Lacrosse Magazine. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  6. ^ Mackay, Duncan (5 May 2019). "Lacrosse launches new name and logo at SportAccord Summit as continues Olympic push". Inside the Games. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  7. ^ "World Lacrosse condemns Russian government actions, suspends Russian athletes and officials". World Lacrosse. 2 March 2022.
  8. ^ "Awards". World Lacrosse. Retrieved 17 August 2019.
  9. ^ Etchells, Daniel (15 December 2017). "Federation of International Lacrosse presents two leading officials with lifetime achievement award". Inside the Games. Retrieved 20 December 2017.

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